Friday, February 25, 2011
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
A few years ago on our annual trip to Walt Disney World I spotted wee whittle girls prancing around Downtown Disney dolled up as princesses.
In Disney it is not uncommon to see anyone in costume. After all, it's a magical place.
But these girls were fancy. It was the work of a professional.
Before long I had discovered Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It's a marvelous place. A place that dreams truly come true if you are a Disney Princess at heart.
They do fabulous work.
Each stylist ("Fairy Godmother") is trained to do the select few styles that are offered. And they do them well.
The first time we made reservations at the boutique we opted for the Castle package. This package is pricey (Approximately $200 with tax) but I feel we got our money's worth. It was also a birthday gift to my daughter from my parent's.
Grandparents are swell.
The Castle package includes everything but the kitchen sink. And you could probably get a sink if you asked for one.
We arrived and they asked my daughter what princess she wanted to be.
She said Cinderella.
They asked what size she was. And they wanted all the details. Her dress size and shoe size.
They returned with a costume, shoes, wand, tiara and the "Fairy Godmother" to lead my little princess to a dressing area. I dressed her in her new princess attire fresh from Disney.
Hair, makeup (makeup is light), nails, a photo session and pictures from the session were included in our package.
It was a royal treat (pun intended). There were smiles and happiness was abundant.
We never paid that money again but man are the memories divine.
Ever since we opened the Bibbidi Bobbidi can of worms we must make a reservation every time we trek down to Disney.
Because we now foot the bill, I insist the boutique is done "Mommyhood style". Which is on a budget.
To keep the makeover exciting but affordable I always bring a dress from home for the Gymnastics Queen. She changes at the boutique or wears the dress there. To make it special I buy a pair of princess shoes or a new pair of earrings for her to wear.
This year we brought Gisele's dress from Enchanted and I bought these snazzy shoes for her.
I bought a new princess dress on clearance the day after Halloween. I stashed it away and surprised my daughter with it at her princess makeover.
Bringing your own dress will enable you to experience the makeover for a reasonable price. Hair, nails and makeup will run you $55.00 before tax. You can also opt for just hair and makeup which will save you a few more dollars ($50.00 pretax).
All little princesses leave with a sash, a tiara or decorative pins/barrettes and the makeup their "Fairy Godmother" used for their makeover. They also keep their comb.
So if you are worried about sanitary conditions, worry no more. They have little makeup kits for each princess.
The "Royal Table" is the princess meal inside the castle. Your princess can eat with the princesses.
You can also always book a meal for the next day, the hair also holds up fabulously despite being slept on. They use about a gallon of hairspray which holds the style for days. Weeks. Years.
Also, your princess meal doesn't have to be in Cinderella's Castle. 1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian) or Akershus Hall in Norway (Epcot) are great, more affordable princess dining options.
Mommyhood believes in making a trip to Disney magical. I believe in treating my munchkins to experiences they will remember forever.
And the Gymnastics Queen has never had a friend over who did not dive right into her dress up selection.
Little girls and dress up go together like me and high fructose corn syrup.
If you are traveling to Disney with a little one who dreams of being a Disney Princess, this is a must do.
Bring your camera and enjoy. And try to resist jumping in the chair and demanding the princess makeover you always dreamed of for yourself.
You may scare the children.
Have a fabulous Saturday!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique does not discriminate. They offer a VERY affordable "Knight's Package" for little boys. They give the boys crazy hair and it comes with a shield and a sword. The price as of now is approximately $15.00. A nice alternative to the Pirate Makeover which runs at least $50.00/child.